I thought "wow, this guy must really like cats!". It wasn't till several years later that I learned that he had an Indian heritage and had been told (supposedly) after a discussion with a Native chief who told him he needed to 'follow the ways of the tiger.'
You have to keep in mind that when Mr. Avner first started to transform his body, Plastic surgery was still for the rich and famous and wasn't readily available (at the time).
Dennis, a native American, part Huron, part Lakota had spent more than $200.000 on plastic surgery to make himself look as a tiger.
He apparently must not have had any money when he died as I found a "GoFundMe" article by his brother asking for donations for the funeral.
(visit the link for the full news article)
edit on 11/15/2012 by JohnnyAnonymous because: (no reason given)